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Fort Snelling and the Civil War

"Fort Snelling was an integral part of our national history, but the crisis over slavery in the 1850s provoked fierce debate over whether the west would be slave or free. Abraham Lincoln's election as president in 1860 and civil war that followed dramatically changed Fort Snelling. This book tells stories of the 24,000 men (and a few women) who passed through the Fort on their way to Union Army service. The U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862 and its aftermath accelerated Fort Snelling's transformation. This book does not retell the story of that war; instead it depicts what that war meant to Fort Snelling's soldiers and civilians"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2017
Ramsey County Historical Society, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2017
xii, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 x 28 cm
9780934294768, 0934294763
Frontier Fort to valuable real estate
Minnesota goes to war
Restoration and repair
The business of making soldiers
Leaving for the front
Soldier life at the Fort
Boys will be boys
the fun of camp life
War at home transforms Fort Snelling
The Indian camps : internees, deportees, Dakota scouts
Civilians at the post
Like any military post
whiskey & crime
Command, control, and management
They put us in the bull pen : the draft rendezvous
Our last duty as soldiers
The regulars return
and stay for 80 years
What remains?